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About the course

Are you currently working in the sport development and physical activity sector? Want to build on your existing knowledge to further your career in the industry? Solent’s PGCert Sport Development and Management is designed specifically for those already working within the industry and supports continuing professional development for those who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification.

The core units enable students to critically apply theories, concepts and frameworks in sport development and sport policy, as well as analyse key approaches to monitoring and evaluation for sport to further develop knowledge of theory and practice of sport development, sport policy, research methods, and monitoring and evaluation for sport.

Students engage in debates and critical evaluation of the local, national and international context of sport and health, including critically discussing the role of sport to address broader social change outcomes, and the role of physical activity in public health agendas.

Students are also able to tailor the course towards their own specific career ambitions with optional units allowing them to focus on key specialisms such as sport marketing, media and youth sport.

Research informed teaching is key at Solent and offers an exciting element to this PGCert programme. Staff delivering the programme are research active in relevant areas, demonstrating opportunities to use research in innovative ways to aid student learning. The research-orientated curriculum focuses on knowledge construction, and uses engaging methods of teaching such as learning through scenarios and case studies. 

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
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The PGCert is a highly career-relevant course with further professional development at its core.

What does this course lead to?

The course is aimed at those already working in the sport development and physical activity industry, and will help further develop skills and knowledge to advance your career in this area. The ability to specialise through the optional units means you can pursue areas such as sport marketing, media, international sport and youth sport to fit with your own career ambitions.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to further their career within the sport development and physical activity sector by gaining an academic qualification. Upon successful completion of the PGCert, students may be able to undertake the MA Sport Development and Management.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island fees: £2,390
International fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our  bursaries and  scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

At least a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree at a recognised university, and/or an equivalent professional qualification. 

  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without a first degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. 
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.


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How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Theory and Practice in Sport Development


Choose one from:

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • International Sports Marketing and management
  • Professional Practice
  • International Sport, business culture and the media

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Course Leader View profile
Kevin Harris academic profile Kevin Harris Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wi-fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course offers a diverse and contemporary student centred learning experience, allowing alignment of course content with students’ own learning and career goals.

Your future

Solent’s sport development and management PGCert programme will help to increase students’ knowledge to prepare for roles in areas such as sport governance, sport development, business development in sport, physical activity, public health, international sport development, sport for social change, sport management and education.

Industry links

Staff within Solent’s sport education and development programme area have existing links with local partners, including the Saints Foundation, Isle of Wight Public Health and EduMove.

Staff also have relevant sector experience enabling them to discuss how theory can be applied in practice and understand the challenges of working within the sector. These current partnerships support you to practically apply theories, models and concepts developing the core skills needed for meaningful community engagement and professional practice in the relevant sectors.


Students will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements although this is not a requirement of the course.  The course team have a number of partnerships and arrangement with local schools and the Saints Foundation.

Where students are currently in relevant professions, they can use this experience to enhance learning and develop their understanding of the link between theory and practice in the work place.

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